Chippenham Harriers’ Committee members are elected at the club’s annual general meeting.
The Committee meets several times per year to manage club affairs such as deciding on Club Championship events, organising club races, arranging social events, training and coaching matters and membership fees.
Join Us!If you are interested in joining the Committee, please speak with one of the members. If you wish to view meeting minutes, please ask Club Chairperson Chris Oakley or one of the other Committee members.
Chris Oakley | Chairperson
Chris has always had a keen interest in sport and since joining the Chippenham Harriers has gone on to become a qualified Leader in Running Fitness. Alongside running, he also regularly cycles and swims and is aiming to give triathlon a go next. Chris also holds a circuit training qualification with British Military Fitness and a first aid qualification with the British Association of Ski Patrollers.
Nicola Todd | Vice Chair / Coaching Coordinator
Nicola joined the Beginners’ programme in 2012 after the birth of her son, primarily to lose weight. She ended up not only losing weight through running, but gaining a lot more – new friends and a new-found interest in feeling fit and healthy. Her passion for running progressed and she now passes that passion on as a Leader, first aider and Coaching Assistant. Nicola ran her first marathon in 2015 and now coordinates Friday night packs runs and the Beginners’ course.
Leigh Martin | Secretary
Leigh started running in December 2013 after many years of being a “couch potato”. He progressed to run his first half marathon (Bath) in March 2015, two weeks before his 50th birthday. Leigh and his wife, Gail, both joined the Harriers in the summer of 2015 and have since persuaded both their son and daughter to join. Leigh is a regular at the Friday night pack runs and enjoys representing the club at both road and off-road events.
Jayne Howells | Treasurer
Jayne has been Club Treasurer since 2013. She has two passions in life – running and rugby. She tried the Beginners Programme more times than she cares to remember before finally getting into running in 2012. Her first race was Corsham 10K and she ran the London Marathon in 2013 for her employer’s charity. Jayne says – it’s not the distance you run, it’s about enjoying it and making new friends along the way.
Kelly Wariner | Communications
As an original member of the Chippenham Harriers Youth, Kelly later progressed to the Chippenham Harriers where she completed the Leader in Running Fitness course. Since then she has run several marathons and half marathons, returned to the Youth as a volunteer and qualified as a Coaching Assistant. Kelly has found running to be the perfect way to challenge herself, and has a particular love for mud runs and obstacle course races.
Amy Breward | Social Secretary
Amy started running through our Beginners’ course in September 2012 and ran her first 5k in November 2012. Joining the Harriers led her to form new friendships and even meet her partner. Over time she has challenged herself to run 10k races and the Reading Half Marathon 2015. Currently unable to run due to injury, Amy wanted to give something back by joining the Committee and is responsible for organising events such as the annual Harriers Christmas Party and Awards Presentation.
Liz Barnett | Welfare Officer
Liz has been running with Chippenham Harriers since 2013, having originally started by taking part in our Beginners course. She has since gone from strength to strength and completed her first marathon in 2015. Liz is a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and regularly leads Friday-night pack runs.
Miles Wilson | Committee Member
Miles joined the Harriers through the club’s Beginners programme in 2012 and within 12 months completed his first marathon. He soon caught the running bug and started marshalling, leading runs and organising races. He then organised the very Beginners programme he started in and has since qualified as a Leader and as a Coach in Running Fitness. Miles is also part of the Chippenham Half Marathon committee and regularly takes Physical Prep sessions on Mondays.
Rohaise Des Voeux | Committee Member
Rohaise started running with the Harriers Beginners programme in 2011 and discovered just how much she enjoyed it. Since then she has gone on to qualify as a Leader in Running Fitness and as a Coaching Assistant. She is actively involved in the club, both with the Beginners Programme and helping coach the Harriers Youth. Rohaise is particularly fond of road running, particularly half marathons, and enjoys taking part in the Wiltshire Road Race League. She is currently the Harriers Ladies Road Captain.
Neil Towers | Committee Member
Neil has been running since the age of eight and became a member of the Chippenham Harriers in 2013. His passion for running includes cross-country running, fell running and more recently mountain marathons. He has captained our Mens Off-Road team and helped lead the Chippenham Harriers to victory in the Wiltshire Off-Road Race League 2015-16.
Chris Constable | Committee Member
Since joining the Harriers in 1984, Chris has been the longest serving member of the club and was awarded Lifetime Membership status a few years ago. Chris has served on Committee for several years and has stood in all positions except Chairman and Treasurer. He now plays a key role in organising races such as the Chippenham Half Marathon and Slaughterford 9 race. His main running interests are cross country and track athletics.
Rachel Beek | Committee Member
Rachel joined the Harriers after completing the club’s Beginners course in 2014. Since that time she has completed a number of half marathons and is currently training for her first marathon. Rachel has forged many new friendships and made some great memories whilst being part of the Harriers, and has now joined the Committee to further contribute towards its running.
Valerie Light | Youth Chair
Valerie is a UKA qualified Athletics Coach with Chippenham Harriers Youth, having previously completed the Leader in Running Fitness and Coaching Assistant courses. She is the Youth section Chairperson and coaches the Youth on Wednesday evenings. She regularly runs at parkrun and is part of the Chippenham parkrun and junior parkrun core teams. Other sporting interests include orienteering and cycling. Valerie is a qualified Level 1 Breeze cycle leader, encouraging women to get cycling.
Paul Key | Membership Secretary
A new member of our committee.